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Mentor Suzanne May

Expertise: Production planning, retail, wholesale and export. 

Personal Summary:

Suzanne May is a graduate of NCAD where she studied 3-D Craft Design, specialising in ceramics. Therefore, she has an excellent understanding of materials, craft and design techniques and processes across a number of disciplines including new technologies. Suzanne spent many years building a ceramics business from a solo operation into a highly respected brand employing 12 people. Suzanne May Pottery was stocked by national outlets such as the Kilkenny Shop and Avoca Handweavers, in addition to developing export markets - 35% + of output – with stockists such as Liberties of London and Dubai Airport. Having been a craft / design practitioner, Suzanne has a first-hand understanding of the day-to day challenges facing designer-makers, while recognising and assisting in breaking down barriers to growth. Since the formation of Suzanne May Consulting in 2000, Suzanne has brought her extensive skills and expertise in design development, marketing, production planning, display, branding, PR strategies and creative management to numerous emerging designers and craft companies through mentoring, focussed projects, marketing networks, as a business advisor and consultant. Suzanne is committed to assisting talented “creatives” to develop and improve key business skills to increase sustainability and to maximise their full growth potential while exploring new markets. Projects in the craft sector include event management, pop-up shop craft retail projects, network management, craft evaluation, curating, and product sourcing , trade fair stand management in USA, UK, and Ireland. Suzanne has project managed marketing focussed networks such as The Design Corner Network.


Mentoring Experience:

Suzanne May has been mentoring craft and design enterprises since 2000. Principal clients for mentoring have been Dublin City Enterprise Board, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Enterprise Board, Fingal County Enterprise Board and the former DCCoI Peer panel. Suzanne has successfully mentored design and craft based businesses across a range of disciplines and company scale from start-ups, new product launches and export preparation.




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